Album of Mary
is the Mother of God. The truth revealed in this Marian title
astounds me. A woman bears God within her womb. God unites the
Divine Word with human flesh. When we think of God as Mary's
newborn infant, we see the Lord of all creation in need of human
love. Jesus is totally dependent upon his mother's care. What
risks God takes in loving us! And how much God expects of humankind
in bringing the new creation to birth! Mary is the first to
know the humility of God.
screenwriter, president of Catholics in Media
I remember the life-sized, blue-and-white statue of Mary in
church from my grammar school days. The second grade sat in
the front right section of the church, and I would stare at
the statue, hoping and praying it would movejust a littleto
show that Mary knew I was there. The image of that statue with
Mary's outstretched hands stayed with me for years: Mary, my
mother, my protector. For me, Mary will always be the symbol
of the mother who protects and cares for her children.
Schoenstatt Sister of Mary
is my favorite magnifying glass through which to see the beauty
and marvelous mystery of God who is love. In Scripture, Mary
is a woman never isolated. Every word and image finds her a
relational person, a person who loves powerfully, irresistibly,
wholeheartedly. But to look at her from afar or simply as a
model would indeed isolate her from the family intended by Christ.
She is here, now, with us. She is actively present with the
power that love gives. She is part of the communion called saints.
Elizabeth Bookser Barkley
"Is that all?" I used to wonder as I searched for Mary's words
in the Gospels. Now, in mid-life, it is that very silence that
I find appealing. Few people know how to listen. My friend Peg
does. When I am with her, I am the focus of her attention and
her listening. When I speak, her eyes follow mine, as if she
is connecting with my soul. She hears more than my words. Mary
must have been the same way. Being totally present to "the other,"
she had little need of words. Mary, the listener, speaks volumes